Windows are an important part of a home’s energy efficiency, safety and natural lighting. In addition to functionality, windows contribute to the exterior appearance of a home. When a window is broken, a realistic response is to replace the window. However, when windows are older, many avoid replacing them for fear of a serious expense. The continual evolvement of the window industry has actually made window replacement more affordable than one may realize.
Replace for Efficiency
Windows have a shelf-life, and newer windows are generally given between 15-20 years before they should be replaced. Older windows, such as those made of wood, or single-pane windows are generally poor insulators. These windows can put a drain on your utility expenses because they may leak or not have a proper fit. Wood can rot and allow moisture into the frame, and as deterioration occurs, it can allow rainwater and drafts to get into the home. Single pane windows provide little protection from sounds but tend to also have extreme responses with regard to weathering. They get hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.
Choose an Upgrade
A window replacement project should include upgrades. Don’t simply replace one inefficient option for another. Double pane windows are considered a strong defense against the rain and sun. These are highly recommended for those who live in areas with extreme climates. Upgrade and replacements should be done by a professional, and the expense for the project can be recouped in the long-term savings with regard to utility expenses.
Look at a Temporary Fix
If it isn’t possible to have a window replacement done, having repairs made to leaky seals or window frames can help lengthen the life of your windows. Caulking can be used to help seal and cracks and fix minor gaps. Have a contractor do an inspection of the windows to determine what temporary fixes can be done until your budget allows for the windows to be replaced.